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Sugar consumption and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): a birth cohort study.

12 / 06 / 19

Finding: No association between sucrose consumption and ADHD

Summary: This study aimed to evaluate the change in sugar consumption between 6 and 11 years of age and incidence of ADHD in the Pelotas 2004 Birth Cohort in Brazil.

A Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) was used to estimate sugar consumption and ADHD was assessed with the Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA) tool. Both tools were administered at 6 and 11 years. Incidence of ADHD was 4.6% in boys and 1.8% in girls.

Adjusted analyses showed no association between continually high sugar consumption between 6 and 11 years and incidence of ADHD, compared to low sugar consumption in boys or girls.

Citation: Del-Ponte B, Anselmi L, Assuncao MCF et al. Sugar consumption and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a birth cohort study. J Affect Disord 2019;243:290-296 (full text free)